Are you thinking what I’m thinking – namely, that this British approach to last week’s London rioters might apply here? I wonder what would happen if Jamie Dimond and the rest of the boys had to sit down with the people whose lives they destroyed through their toxic financial games:
People convicted of last week’s rioting and looting who are not sent to prison will be forced to do community work in the areas affected by their behaviour, Nick Clegg will announce today.
The Ministry of Justice is to order the Probation Service to arrange for Community Payback orders to take place on projects associated with the damage caused in the disorder or in the places where it took place. Many will also be forced to meet the shopkeepers, homeowners and businessmen whose property was destroyed in the rioting in an attempt to bring home the consequences of their actions.
Mr Clegg will today become the last major party leader to contribute to the debate on the causes and consequences of the rioting and will attempt to stamp a Liberal Democrat identity on the Government’s overall response. Aides said the idea was to ensure that first-time offenders did not get “sucked into” repeat offending as a result of taking part in the riots, but had a chance of rehabilitation.
“Clearly some people are going to go to prison, but this is about ensuring that those who don’t, contribute to the areas where they’ve caused the damage and those communities can see that they’re doing that,” said one senior Liberal Democrat aide. “We also don’t want to create repeat offenders. Meeting victims has proved to be a very effective way of ensuring that people face up to the consequences of their actions and that’s what we want to see happening.”